Mills supports our Black students, staff, faculty, and allies against anti-Black racism, police violence, and racial inequity. It is our responsibility to lead at this critical moment and fulfill our commitment to pursuing gender and racial justice. Our actions must create lasting impact both at Mills College and beyond.

What We're Doing

Mills is committed to taking action to become an antiracist institution. We began this past summer working in collaboration with our Board of Trustees, informed by the voices and efforts of our Black Student Collective, Black MBA Students Group, Black Faculty and Staff Association, all Black Mills faculty and staff, and the Alumnae of Color Committee of the Alumnae Association of Mills College. On October 15, 2020, the Mills College Board of Trustees ratified a Commitment to Antiracism statement that affirms our values and will guide our actions. We are also working on a plan to share with our community in the fall 2020 semester.

For the last several months, we have held important conversations with our community members. Our goal is listen to, follow their lead, and support their efforts, and those of our East Oakland neighbors. They have asked us to use the following principles in developing our antiracism plan:

Student activism is a central part of the Mills educational experience, and they have asked us to make changes in the following areas:

We approach this process openly and will strive to develop our plan and implementation timelines with full transparency. If you have any feedback or questions, please email


The Mills Public Art Initiative

Mills College debuted a new public art initiative at the front entry of the campus on Monday, October 12, 2020. Conceptualized by two Mills MFA alumnae, this installation was inspired by the sign Mills student-activists posted to demand justice after the death of George Floyd. Our hope is to create a permanent and rotating series of art exhibitions that amplify the voices of Black students and alumnae while connecting Mills with our East Oakland community in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

View the Public Art Installation

What We've Done

While we recognize that we have much work to do, here we share some of the progress that Mills has made to be an inclusive, diverse environment that provides access and opportunities to Black students and students of color.

Who We Are

Founded in 1852 to create educational access for women, Mills has expanded our mission to include a commitment to dismantling gender and racial barriers. While we are recognized for our diversity and commitment to equity and inclusion, today, we are taking action to deepen this commitment as an anti-racist institution.

students of color
Black undergraduate students
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
Black graduate students
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
of our faculty are people of color
Black faculty
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
staff of color
Black staff
(vs. 8% at peer institutions)
Black management

Infographic Source Data: 2019–20 Facts & Trends (Mills data); 2018–19 US Department of Education (comparison data); 2019–20 IPEDS and 2018 Standard Occupational Classification System (management data)

Black student, faculty, staff, and management statistics do not include individuals reporting as multiracial (two or more races).